Lamar Odom, former NBA player and husband of reality TV star Khloe Kardashian pleaded no contest Monday to a DUI charge and received a sentence of three years' probation and 90 days of alcohol abuse treatment. He must complete the alcohol abuse treatment program by June 2014.
Odom made a deal with prosecutors by entering his plea to one misdemeanor count of DUI and was ordered to pay $1814 in fines and penalties. The maximum sentence could have been six months jail time.
Mr. Odom did not appear in court and his attorney entered his plea for him. If this had been a Georgia DUI, he would have had to appear in court with his Georgia DUI Lawyer.
This turn of events could damage Odom's return to the NBA and any future he might have playing professional basketball again.
The former Los Angeles Clippers forward was arrested early morning August 30th when police spotted him driving his Mercedes SUV erratically and weaving in and out of traffic on a Los Angeles freeway. The police report stated he “showed objective signs of intoxication” according to the California Highway Patrol. He was not able to perform a field sobriety test and was taken to jail and booked. While at the jail, Odom refused chemical testing of his breath, blood, and urine.
His driver's license status will be determined at a separate hearing at the DMV at a later date. It was automatically suspended when he was arrested. Typically when a person refuses to submit to chemical testing of blood, breath, or urine, their license will be suspended for one year.
Lamar Odom is currently a free agent who has played in the NBA for 14 years. Prior to being with the Clippers, he played for the Los Angeles Lakers as well as the Dallas Mavericks.
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